Golden Coal Pre-launch party
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Golden Coal

24.06.2017 - 25.06.2017

Shcherbenko Art Centre presents project by finalists of MUHi 2015 contest – creative union “Supovoy Nabor”. Golden Coal magazine is dedicated to underground culture in Lugansk and Donetsk. The authors of the project – informal community called Lugansk Contemporary Diaspora (LCD), formed by the members of the creative union “Supovoy Nabor” and the art cluster “R+N+D“. Team, which took part in creation of the magazine, consists of artists, who lived in Lugansk before the conflict in Donbas region. Golden Coal was published with institutional support of Shcherbenko Art Centre.

While preparing Golden Coal, the artists decided to stay away from their own analysis and interpretations, providing a channel for the direct speech* for the participants of underground art initiatives of Donbas, isolated from the all-Ukrainian cultural field. This isolation arose due to specific information policy regime, established by both sides of the conflict, which obeys to propaganda tasks, fuels dehumanization processes, exacerbates conflict and delays not only its ending, but also distances the residents of the “republics” from the inhabitants of Ukraine.

Cultural isolation of these regions leads to the emergence of creative initiatives, starting point of which is the desire for peaceful life in conditions of military conflict. Having no particular choice, young people are constantly looking for a way to forget about the consequences of political chaos in the country and feel free, working together to create something cool. The LCD team has set the task to regain lost communication between people, who live on different sides of the border that was established by the conflict and, at the same time, who are not involved in confrontational political courses. The representatives of the creative community of Lugansk and Donetsk became heroes of the zine: young artists, photographers, skaters, activists and musicians who make attempts to develop an informal cultural environment. Understanding of their activities, ways of thinking and diverse points of view can help to include the isolated communities in all-Ukrainian cultural processes and become the basis for forming a critical anti-propaganda position. “We hope that readers will meet on the pages familiar scenes and foreshortenings, desires and feelings, hopes and points of view that unite young people, who grew up in one country, regardless of their present location and circumstances they live in“.

Nevertheless, one of the ideas underlying the activity of LCD is not only attracting attention of the “wider audiences” to the informal culture of the “republics”, but also the perspective of creating a platform for creative collaborations within the Donbas community itself. Golden Coal is a kind of prologue for the development of further interaction, which will begin with a collab between LCD and one of zine’s heroes – the organizers of the Donetsk raves called Призма (Prizma). Such strategy of creating conditions for intensive teamwork and informal communication is positioned by LDC as a self-sufficient aesthetic act, based on the ethics of mutual support. Artists, electronic musicians and DJs associated with Prizma and LCD will unite in one lineup of the party, which will be held within the presentation of Golden Coal on June 24 in the space of Відкрита бібліотека кра́сних мистецтв (Open Library of Fine Arts) (Plivka, Dovzhenko Center). Artists Evgeny Koroletov and Anton Lapov participated in the presentation, which was moderated by Dmitry Chepurnoy – culturologist, coordinator of IZOLYATSIA’s Donbas Studies Research Project. You can read the magazine to find out more about artistic and cultural processes in The East of Ukraine at Відкрита бібліотека кра́сних мистецтв (Open Library of Fine Arts), libraries of Izolyatsia, Port Creative Hub, PinchukArtCentre, ErmilovCenter, as well as at Shcherbenko Art Centre, where you can also buy it (or order via the link).

*viewpoints of the heroes of the magazine do not represent and reflect editorial’s viewpoints.

Shcherbenko Art Centre is grateful for the support to:

- Відкрита бібліотека кра́сних мистецтв (Open Library of Fine Arts)

- Plivka

- 20ft radio and Північ (Pivnich magazine)

- IZOLYATSIA. Platform of Cultural Initiatives

- Donbas Studies project


R+N+D х Призма:

Sasha Very

John Object (live)



Limlimsen (live)